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Honeymoon in Newport, Where Should We Eat?

My soon-to-be wife and I will be honeymooning in Newport, RI in March and I am looking for recommendations.

The White Horse Tavern is already on the list.

Was interested in the Spiced Pear, but after looking at yelp I'm not so sure...

And of course, I need to know where the best seafood restaurant is.


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      1. salvation cafe - creative menu, interesting/artistic decor, outdoor patio seating in back, and tiki bar.

        cafe zelda - had some of the best chowder of my life last time i ate there. great lunch spot.

        i'm drawing a blank on where else we ate last time we stayed down there besides rhumb line, which was good but not especially noteworthy imo.

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        1. re: wormwood

          Outdoor seating is not an option in March.

          For two special experiences we enjoyed the Chef's table at the Spiced Pear. The special feeling of having that table overlooking the kitchen and watching each delicious course being prepared was delightful. The food with wine paring was excellent and service outstanding. One of my top 10 meals ever. Castle Inn is an extremely beautiful spot and has a lovely room. Again service is excellent although one of our entrees was nothing special given the tariff. I would still recommend it, however, for a special lunch or dinner.

          Bring the wallet to both as neither is for the feint of heart.

          1. re: CapeCodGuy

            I was excited about Spiced Pear and then read a bunch of VERY negative yelp reviews that made me nervous... They complained about both the service and the quality of food, many people saying their food was under seasoned and relatively flavourless. Thoughts?

            1. re: Ryourido

              I did a quick read of the Yelp reviews which are all over the board from 1 star to 5 stars and everything in between. It seems that most of the bad reviews are either dated, or people expecting haute cuisine while ordering a burger at the outdoor patio. A few received poor service, which we decidedly did not. Keep in mind we booked the chef's table, so ours may have been a unique experience. But the food was perfectly prepared, had varied quality ingredients, and was certainly not "bland'. Also check out the Open Table reviews which seem more complimentary.

        2. Spiced Pear is excellent.
          TSK is excellent
          Mooring is very nice
          The upper seat restaurant at the Clark Cooke House is excellent
          Fluke is excellent
          Inn at Castle Hill is beautiful, excellent and romantic
          Restaurant Bouchard romantic
          Tallulah over priced
          Red Parrot tourist joint

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          1. re: Frank Terranova

            Would you say fluke is better than Mooring? Also, as I said above, I had been very excited about Spiced Pear until I saw their yelp reviews.... Any thoughts?

            1. re: Ryourido

              We dined, albeit a year ago, at the SP. It was excellent, and the service was gracious.

              1. re: Ryourido

                The ones I listed below are not in any type of order. Its my opinion but you asked so. Forget Yelp I did go there and dropped my log in its a joke when I need a laugh I read them when someone lists Burger King and a few more goofy sites its time to get off.

            2. Caste Hill, Bouchard, TSK are among my favorites. For seafood, try Scales and Shells.

              1. Perro Salado has great Mexican cuisine. Very cozy and great staff.

                1. March is going to be a bit chilly here so I'll recommend some cozy places. Not sure how long you have or what you are in the mood for, so here is a big range.

                  Craving Italian? Mamma Luisa for sure. Very authentic Italian and in a romantic house setting.

                  Seafood? Really you can find this in a lot of the higher end restaurants although for menus skewed to seafood Mooring or Fluke. Very different settings, but both good.

                  Casual, young and fun? Perro Salado for Mexican, 5th element for american

                  Higher-end? Bouchard is formal, Cookehouse and Zeldas are very "newport", Talullah is farm fresh, modern. Spiced Pear i have only done once for a special occasion, tasting menu. It was superb

                  Have a blast!

                  1. I agree with many others that you should ignore yelp. My wife and I had a great restaurant experience at Spiced Pear. Food, service and ambiance were all top notch. For seafood I think Scales and Shells is the place. We also like upstairs at The Cooke House. For lunch a cup of chowder at The Black Pearl is a good take.

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                    1. re: saltandpepper1

                      Is upstairs at The Clarke Cooke House open year round?

                      1. re: Alica

                        The porch is closed for the season, and probably still will be in March. The 12 meter room is open, and is almost as fun.

                        1. re: saltandpepper1

                          Thank you! What is the 12 Meter Room? Boy, I must get to Newport more often!

                    2. Every suggestion on here is excellent. Your problem is which one. seeing its a honeymoon then the Inn at Castle Hill is the place. Good thing you are going to Providence its not for the restaurants but for personal saftey.

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                      1. re: Frank Terranova

                        Having lived in Providence and walked its streets at all hours for the last seven years I have never felt my personal safety threatened.

                      2. Do the Inn at Castle Hill if its romantic and good food Its pricy but hey its a honeymoon plus most other places on here are good. forget Yelp I go on there when I need a laugh there are some really complete dense people who think they know food, when you see things like McDonalds or Burger King you have to say its scary.

                        1. My two top choices would be The Inn at Castle Hill and Bouchard's . At Castle HIll time your reservation so that you'll be seated well before sunset and call and request a table facing Narragansett Bay. Bouchard's is also excellent. If you want Italian Mama Luisa is good. For breakfast I like Atlantic Grill followed by a walk on Second Beach or Cliff Walk. If you waant a baked stuffed lobster I like a less formal place like the Atlantic Beach Club.They also have a lot of fish on their menu, but it's not fancy. If you want fish and chips or fried clams then Anthony's Seafood cheap and very casual is excellent. Good luck and congratulations!!